10 January 2024

Fully treated wastewater from Goulburn Valley Water's (GVW) Seymour, Kilmore, Broadford, Nagambie, and Mansfield wastewater management facilities will be released over coming weeks.

The wastewater storage lagoons at these sites are reaching capacity, as a result of the extensive rainfall and flooding experienced over recent days.

Releases will occur as required at each system, into Seymour’s Back Creek, Kilmore Creek, Sunday Creek Broadford, Wormangel Creek Nagambie, and Fords Creek Mansfield.

They are expected to be around 1 to 4 megalitres per day, depending on which waterway the release is occurring at, and will not contribute to any flooding events at downstream locations.

GVW’s Wastewater and Recycling Coordinator Stuart Harris said discharging excess fully treated wastewater from our storages helps to reduce any potential for uncontrolled overflows. Mr Harris said releases will be short-term, however will continue until climatic conditions improve and irrigation can begin at the facilities.

The water being released has been fully treated and meets Class C standards. We’ve informed the EPA of these releases and will monitor for any unexpected impacts on the environment.

Strict water quality monitoring processes remain in place to protect the health of local communities and environments.

If people have any questions, they can call GVW’s 24/7 Customer Service Centre on 1800 454 500.